Category Archives: Librarians, Libraries & the Profession

Getting Started with Blogs

Mary Jo, one of the members of our PhD cohort, asked me for some LIS news sites and blogs that she might look at to get started as an offshoot of my presentation in class this weekend. What I thought I would do is post it here…because it might be helpful to other folks as well.

First up: don’t miss LISNews as the perfect starter news clearinghouse.

Then, take a look at: (This one is rocking my world right now…)

There’s an LIS blog for every interest!

These, from my link list, are faves:

Library Blogs
Karen Schneider’s Free Range Librarian
The Creative Librarian
Daniel Bazac’s Blog
Days and Nights of the Lipstick Librarian
The Librarian in Black
Library Stuff Blog
Open Stacks
The Shifted Librarian
Walking Paper

Take a look! Dive in!

Is your library emotionally healthy?

Read this excellent article…and look deep within yourself and your library’s culture…

This isn’t really a tech article but many of the points could be applied to how your library handles technology — or doesn’t handle it!

Excerpt: These are some great questions to ask in an interview:

Describe the morale in the library.? How does the staff socialize together?

What are some of the frustrations of the professional and paraprofessional staff? ?????

How is information communicated in the library?

How are executive decisions made and communicated?

How do departments communicate in the library?? Are there mechanisms set up for communication across divisions and departments?

Online Social Networks

Aaron and I will also be participating in the Online Social Networks Conference — discussing blogs in libraries. Note that Howard Rheingold will be there. I’ve been reading his book on virtual communities for my big UNT class this semester!

From the site:

SN2004 will be a summit meeting where you will have a chance to hear from and interact with many of the pioneers in the field of online social networks as well as some of the current trendsetters now exploring the latest technologies and applications.

In 2001, the first Online Social Networks conference explored the emerging field of online social networks. Since then, there has been an explosion into the mainstream of online social networks. OSN2004 will explore three main areas:
Organizational OSNs
Personal OSNs
and Political OSNs.

Join Howard Rheingold, Lisa Kimball, Joi Ito, and a host of online social network experts to:

Exchange ideas with experienced pioneers and leading thinkers in OSN development
Gain insights in making better use of social capital, successful collaboration online, and efficient creation and management of knowledge capital
See where social software stands today and where it’s going in the future
Make contact with leading solution providers